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Socotra Airport (Arabic:مطار سقطرى) is an airport in Socotra, Yemen (IATA: SCT, ICAO: OYSQ).[1] It is the only commercial airport that serves the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea and its capital town of Hadibu. It was opened in 1999.[citation needed]

Socotra Airport

مطار سقطرى
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Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
ServesSocotra
LocationSocotra, Yemen
Opened1999 (1999)
Elevation AMSL45 m / 146 ft
Coordinates12°37′50″N 053°54′20″E / 12.63056°N 53.90556°E / 12.63056; 53.90556
Map
SCT is located in Yemen
SCT
SCT
Location of airport in Yemen
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,300 10,827 Asphalt

OverviewEdit

The most remote Yemeni airport has a weekly flight connecting the island with the mainland airport in Seiyun where an aircraft makes a technical stop on their route to Cairo.

The airport is located on the paved road that connects Hadibo on the northern coast with the main tourist attraction on the extreme west of the island, Qalansiyah beach. It takes about two hours to get from the airport to Qalansiyah.

There is no scheduled transportation service between the airport and Hadibo, but it can be reached within a quarter of an hour by vehicle. Normal fees vary between 30 and 50 Yemeni rials.

Flights were suspended in March 2015, due to Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.[2] and resumed in late 2018.

In April 2018, troops from the United Arab Emirates dismissed the Yemeni officials and took administrative control of the airport.[3] On May of the same year, an agreement was reached between the United Arab Emirates and Yemen where control of the airport returned to the Yemeni officials.[4][5][6]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Yemenia Seiyun[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Airport SOCOTRA, Fallingrain
  2. ^ Ghattas, Abir. "Yemen's No Fly Zone: Thousands of Yemenis are Stranded Abroad". Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Anger erupts on Yemen's Socotra as UAE deploys over 100 troops". Al-Jazeera.com. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Yemen PM: Crisis over UAE deployment to Socotra over". Al Jazeera.
  5. ^ "Yemen, UAE Agree on Deal Over Socotra". Albawaba News.
  6. ^ "Saudi Arabia deploys troops to Yemen's Socotra after UAE's military build-up". Press TV.
  7. ^ https://www.yemenia.com/schedule